A Young Lady Saved Her Own Life

| May 25, 2012
  • Cayley McGinty, 12 years old, suffered first and second degree burns from an accident by the backyard campfire.
  • Her training saved her life and she is currently waiting results from her first surgery in Edmonton at the Stollery Hospital. Cayley loves to draw, this is one of her creations. Her favorite color is purple and pink. Photos submitted.
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Camping in the backyard on 7th Street and roasting marshmallows with a friend May long weekend, changed a young lady’s life immensely in a gust of wind.

A fire spark landed on the back of 12 year old Cayley McGinty’s summer dress.  She stopped, dropped and rolled, ripped her clothes off, down to her underwear and ran as fast as she could inside her house to soak in the bathtub filled with cold water.

Her lower back, across her belly, top buttock and right thigh suffered first and second degree burns.

On May 24, she underwent skin graft surgery at the University of Alberta Burn Unit.

“Now it is a waiting game,” said her mom Sharie.

In 5 days the doctors will tell Sharie and Terry McGinty if their only daughter needs another surgery or is on the road to recovery.

“She is very strong,” said Sharie.

The first thing Cayley was concerned about, after recovering from the shock, was missing her grade six camp out, her Provincial Achievement Tests and how the friend with her was doing, as she too showed great courage and kept calm.

“It could have been much worse, she knew what to do. She saved her own life,” said her mom, who continued to say “what saved her, was what she learned through Scouts, Fox Creek’s fire department school presentations and common knowledge.”

She was airlifted Sunday night, May 20 from Fox Creek to Edmonton and transferred to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Stollery Children’s Hospital.

It was her first plane ride.

She spent the first night at the Stollery Children’s Hospital under the doctor’s care, was assessed by plastic surgeons the next day and then moved to the Firefighter Burn Unit.

“The best case, the surgery took and the worst case, more surgeries. We have no idea when we will be coming home,” said Sharie. Her and Terry are taking turns staying by Cayley’s side.

“The main message, we want people to make sure, no matter what age, that kids know what to do.”

In case of a burn – http://kidshealth.org/parent/firstaid_safe/sheets/burns_sheet.html.

Employers have generously stood behind Cayley’s parents, the school and Dalmac Oilfield Services.

“And family and friends – Thank-you, the generous donations, it’s been very overwhelming, we are humbled,” said Sharie crying between tears on the phone. “A special mention goes to Lila’s Angels Travel Care Foundation.”

If you would like to help raise funds for this family, funds can be given through this link: https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/1JZk5?psid=0c82eeb341394005b0a8b453ebd2a69e, dropped off at the Petroleum Field Lab or at the CIBC Bank in Fox Creek.

Visiting hours are from 11 am until 8 pm at the Firefighter Burn Unit, 8440-112 Street, Edmonton.  You will be required to gown, mask and glove up as Cayley is in isolation.

She is in the Firefighter Burn Unit 3C2 room 9. Cards and letters would be great; the family kindly request no teddy bears, toys or flowers. You are welcome to post comments below.

“We are proud of her, she is a fighter and we keep telling her, everyone is right along with you.” said her mom.

 

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  1. Hawkeye aka: Cheryl says:

    Cayley on behalf of the 2nd Hinton Scout group we wish you a speedy recovery and well wishes too. You are an inspiration to us all.

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  2. Meg says:

    Thank you to EVERYONE for their support and well-wishes, I know Cayley and her family appreciate it very much :) As far as the glitter goes, unfortunately she is in an isolation room in the Firefighter’s Burn Unit in the Stollery Children’s hospital, and as such there are some things that aren’t allowed to be displayed in the room, for sterility reasons. She is, however, holding on to everything she can’t have displayed, in a drawer in her room so she can take it home with her.

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  3. Jessi says:

    I don’t know Cayley, but I am a Fox Creeker from a few years back. Sending my well-wishes from Medicine Hat. Smile, Cayley, lots of people LOVE YOU! Chin up, courageous and resilient-be that! (You already are, I can tell!) If I was still in F.C., I’d bring you flowers and make you laugh! :)

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  4. Lynda says:

    I spent Saturday afternoon with Cayley, she is doing so well. Very appreciative of all the cards, gifts & wishes coming her way, they sure help keep her spirits up. Cards with glitter are not allowed so if your kids are crafting please skip that step.
    She loves horses & reading to we have started her with a series about a teenage girl & horses called “Canterwood Crest” by Jessica Burkart. She has #’ 1, 2 & 3. Check with Sharie if you are thinking of adding to the set so she does not end up with doubles :)
    Here is wishing a FULLY & SPEEDY recovery to a very special young lady :) xoxo

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    • Jessi says:

      Why is glitter not allowed? Girls love glitter and sparklies!!!

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      • Meesha says:

        Glitter is usually not allowed because there is a chance that it may get in the wounds and cause infection as the pieces are so small,

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  5. Brandi says:

    One wall in Cayley’s hospital room is covered in beautiful cards from friends and heart-warming messages, plus get well wish balloons, a giant Teddy Bear (4 feet tall) and a fairy figurine, from her grandparents, sits next to her bed.

    The kids and I stopped to see Cayley yesterday. We masked, gowned and gloved up following the instructions from Sharie.

    Cayley was tired and frustrated with the tubes in her mouth and nose, yet is in good spirits and looking forward to eventually going home, back to school, seeing her friends and summertime.

    She is grateful for visitors and all the support shown from the community of Fox Creek. She is currently working on drawing a dolphin and is snuggled in her bed with a stuffed horse and a dog.

    Tomorrow the family will know more from the doctor on her progress, only one more sleep. Thoughts and prayers go out to her and her family during this time. Hugs.

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  6. Dashing Evan Harden says:

    Very intelligent kid, I tip my hat off to her 100%. She knew what to do and she executed it to perfection. :) Hopefully her road to recovery is smooth sailing instead of a rough ride.

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  7. Julie Van de Kamp & Dirk Young says:

    Wishing you and your family strengh and a speedy recovery for you Cayley!! Hang in there kiddo!! Great job on the stop drop and roll honey!!
    xoxooxxoxoxoxxoo

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  8. Lucie says:

    Thinking of you Cayley and praying for a speedy recovery. Stay strong.

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